In November 2017, Digital Xtra Fund awarded a total of £50,000 in grant awards for high-quality extracurricular computing initiatives for young people. It was the third funding round overall but first as an independent charity. The Fund supported 11 initiatives, helping them inspire 4,215 young people aged 6 to 16, including 2,092 girls and women, across 21 local authorities. These initiatives introduced young people to the huge opportunities in digital technologies, showing them the range of careers these skills will provide. Five awardees were new initiatives which demonstrated creative and fun ways to engage young people, with the remaining six projects building on activities previously supported by Digital Xtra Fund.
All of these projects demonstrated scalability, sustainability and innovation and most importantly the ability to encourage young people across to engage and participate in computing science related activities and build their digital skills. Results from this grant cycle can be found here.